By Michael Despain MARYVILLE, TN – September 23, 2017 – The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV and the Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series would co-sanction the Harvest Festival/Slingin’ Dirt for Vicki event on Saturday evening at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN and T.J. Reaid of Ackworth, GA would make a late-race pass and take the $5,000 payday. In companion Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series action, Shon Flanary of Surgoinsville, TN would also make a late-race pass to score his fourth-consecutive series win and claim the $1,500 payday.
The win by Reaid made him the eighth different winner in nine total Southern Nationals Bonus Series event, which was co-sanctioned with the Iron-Man Late Model Championship series, and made Reaid the 12th different winner in twelve total Iron-Man Late Model events for the season. Reaid’s victory would come behind the wheel of his Glenn Cast/Cox Interiors sponsored #41r Capital Race Cars, Cornett Race Engines powered mount. Flanary’s fourth-consecutive Modified Series victory come in the seat of his familiar NAPA of West Liberty/FAST Trucking/Custom Suspensions/Casva Angus Farms/Auto Body Specialist/Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research sponsored #98 MB Customs, Mullins Race Engines powered entry.
Ray Cook would jump to the race lead on the initial start after assuming the outside front-row starting position when original outside-pole starter could not make the call to start after pulling into the infield to initially line-up. As the field worked to complete the first lap, a tangle involving Ryan King, Craig Greer, Joey Standridge, James Roulette, and Jeff Neubert would occur in turn one and negate the start. While clean-up from the incident took place and the field was relined, McIntosh was able to get his entry going and would pull onto the track and start at the rear of the field. Once action got underway, Cook would have the lead, with T.J. Reaid, Billy Ogle, Jr., Tommy Kerr, and Skylar Marlar giving chase. Cook and Reaid would pull away a bit from the field, while Kerry would take the third position from Ogle, Jr. on lap five and Marlar would pick off Ogle, Jr. for fourth one circuit later. Action would settle down at this point until the final caution of the race flew on lap thirteen when Steve Smith would slow on the frontchute with mechanical issues. The restart would see Cook and Reaid again motor away from the pack, while Brad Skinner would take the fifth position away Ogle, Jr. on lap fourteen. Meanwhile, McIntosh was charging his way through the field and would make his way into the top five by lap twenty. The lead duo of Cook and Reaid would start working some slower traffic on lap twenty-five, while McIntosh would finally get the fourth position from Marlar as a long battle for the spot on lap twenty-eight. The lead pair of Cook and Reaid would enter heavier traffic on lap thirty-three and Reaid would pull alongside of Cook on several occasions, but could not make the pass, while Tommy Kerr would close in on the race for the lead from his third position. But lap thirty-seven would be when Reaid pulled even with Cook exiting turn two and was able to get by Cook as the pair entered turn three as they battled with two lapped cars. Kerr would get by Cook for second on lap thirty-eight, but Reaid would see the checkered flag and take the win, with Kerr claiming second and Cook settling for third. McIntosh would score a fourth-place effort, while Marlar completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten would be Skinner, Ogle, Jr., Stacy Boles, Carder Miller, and David Payne.
In the Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series feature event, Jimmy Payne would get the jump on Shon Flanary at the start of the event and Payne would lead the first fifteen circuits of the event before Flanary would duck below Payne exiting turn two and make what would turn out to be the winning pass down the backchute entering turn three. Flanary would drive on to claim the win, while Payne would outduel Blake Brown for the runner-up spot, with Brown having to settle for the third position. Brad Hall and Joey Cotterman would complete the top five finishers.
The next event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV will be on Friday September 29 at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC for the Tarheel 50, paying $4,053 to win.
The next event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series will Saturday September 30 at Lake Cumberland Speedway in Burnside, KY for the Harold Hardgrove Memorial, paying $3,522 to win.
The next event for the Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series will also be on Saturday September 30 at Lake Cumberland Speedway in Burnside, KY for the Harold Hardgrove Memorial, paying $1,022 to win.
Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals, and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.
Further information on the Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series and Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series can be obtained by calling Promoter/Race Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official website located at www.CTPROMOTIONS.org
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series/Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on September 23, 2017
1. T.J. Reaid-Ackworth, Ga.
2. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, Tenn.
3. Ray Cook-Brasstown, N.C.
4. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
5. Skylar Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
6. Brad Skinner-Spring Hill, Tenn.
7. Billy Ogle, Jr.-Knoxville, Tenn.
8. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
9. Carder Miller-Salem, Va.
10. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
11. Brian Ligon-Augusta, Ga.
12. Bobby Giffin-Maryville, Tenn.
13. Levi Ashby-Cumberland Furnace, Tenn.
14. Joey Standridge-Telico Plains, Tenn.
15. Jeff Neubert-Rockford, Tenn.
16. Steve Smith-Powell, Tenn.
17. Kayne Hickman-Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
18. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
19. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
20. James Roulette-Dawsonville, Ga.
21. David Crabtree-Maryville, Tenn.
22. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
Time of Race: 21 minutes, 34 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.929 seconds
Yellow Flags: 2 (lap 1, 13)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Ray Cook (1-36), T.J. Reaid (37-40)
Overall Top Qualifier: T.J. Reaid (Group A) 15.876 seconds
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Brian Ligon
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: Levi Ashby (SNBS), Craig Greer (Iron-Man)
Heat One Finish (8 laps/top 8 transfer)- Stacy Boles, Brad Skinner, Steve Smith, James Roulette, Bobby Giffin, Jeff Neubert, Joey Standridge, Kayne Hickman, Kenny Cobble, Tim Rucker (DNS-Phil Helton)
Heat Two Finish (8 laps/top 8 transfer)- Billy Ogle, Jr., Kenny Collins, Skylar Marlar, Ryan King, Carder Miller, David Payne, Brian Ligon, David Crabtree, Levi Ashby, Bo Eaton, Craig Greer
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Brucebilt Performance Iron-Man Modified Series at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on September 23, 2017
1. Shon Flanary-Surgoinsville, Tenn.
2. Jimmy Payne-Glasgow, Ky.
3. Blake Brown-Corbin, Ky.
4. Brad Hall-Knoxville, Tenn.
5. Joey Cotterman-Cookeville, Tenn.
6. Wayne James-Cosby, Tenn.
7. Kenny Cordell-Crossville, Tenn.
8. Paul Shead-Deland, Fla.
9. Stephen Fox-Marshall, N.C.
Did Not Start-Patrick Vareika-Lake Helen, Fla.
Time of Race: 6 minutes, 44 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.432 seconds
Yellow Flags: None
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Payne (1-15), Shon Flanary (16-20)
Overall Top Qualifier: Shon Flanary 18.134 seconds
Provisional Starters: None